West Ham are reportedly on the verge of signing Estudiantes striker Duvan Zapata after activating his £6.7million release clause.

Various media outlets are reporting that Sam Allardyce has identified the 22-year-old as an ideal partner for club-record signing Andy Carroll and has been given the green light to activate the player’s release clause.

Zapata has been heavily linked with a move to Europe this summer, with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Lyon and Besiktas all thought to be keeping tabs on the youngster.

But the Hammers look set to win the race for the highly-rated striker, who scored 14 goals in 23 games in Argentina last season, with a four-year contract thought to be on the table, although the deal is subject to a work permit.

It is also believed that Zapata has recently turned down moves to Porto and Udinese in favour of a move to the Premier League, further boosting West Ham’s chances of bringing him to East London.

What do you think? Is Zapata the type of player we’re looking for to help Carroll out up front? Does he have what it takes to be a success in the Premier League? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.